Market for Timber and its Derivatives in Costa Rica

Production and sales figures and an analysis of the barriers to the use and economic activity of timber in Costa Rica and how to overcome them.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

From a report entitled "Market for timber and timber derivatives in Costa Rica by the Forestry Financing Fund (FONAFIFO):

This paper develops a strategy and a plan to increase the consumption of wood in the Costa Rican market. The proposal is based on an analysis of economic activity in the forestry sector and its flows. A deepening of the knowledge of the timber market has been achieved through a strong focus on supply and demand, as well as trade of products and determination of the main barriers that discourage the use and economic activity related to wood in Costa Rica. The size of the domestic market for timber and its derivatives is 643 000-669 000 cubic meters per year and their activities add to the economy more than $300 million in 2014.  

The whole value chain of wood generates about 15 000 permanent jobs. However, forestry and employment in the sector are in constant decline although in 2014 there was a slight improvement.

Read full report (in spanish).

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